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  1. Bob and Roberta Smith. The Bob and Roberta Smith Field Recordings of Frome, 2009

    Bob and Roberta Smith. The Bob and Roberta Smith Field Recordings of Frome, 2009

Bob and Roberta Smith

Bob & Roberta Smith regularly fuses humour and serious politics into an egalitarian art that uses the skills of the sign writer, pop group and workshop leader to cajole his audience into a celebratory but often acerbic campaign for more art and more democracy in our society.

With his accessible forms and delivery located somewhere between slapstick comedian and political polemicist, Smith’s work often crosses the line between specialist art audiences and popular culture. Hand painted signs extolling people to make their own art, or deriding politicians, or campaigning for people to shop local or plant lavender continually reinforce the idea that the personal is political – that we either choose self-determination or choose to ignore our own ability to shape our own culture.